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    Sep222010

    The Haitian Earthquake and Pat Robertson

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Regarding the Controversy of Pat Robertson: My Opinion. After doing some minor research into the history of Pat Robertson and the details of his recent statements concerning Haiti, I humbly present my thoughts.

     

    As far as Pat Robertson, “the man, the myth, the legend” goes I am inclined to say that he is a man who loves God and people, albeit an overzealous man. Practicing a little more patience before he makes his grand announcements would behoove him quite a bit.

     

    I think he is an overall “good” man, but I have seen some very questionable and outright wrong actions performed by him too. I believe this goes back to his being overzealous and impatient (in my opinion) and not thinking or praying things through thoroughly before acting on them.

     

    As far as I can tell, some of his “prophecies” have been accurate, and some have not. I think perhaps he enjoys being in the limelight a little too much, and speaks before he thinks sometimes.

     

    As for Haiti- I do not trust mainstream media. I do not trust headlines, or short video clips which do not present the whole story, and after personally witnessing a stunt by George Stephanopoulos after the VA Tech School shootings, I really do not trust him.

     

    But I do not entirely trust Robertson either. No person is a saint, and few are pure evil. What the news media neglected to tell about Robertson was that in addition to his now infamous statements, he also beseeched his viewers to pray for the victims, and his ministries have already made it to Haiti with medicines, food, and other supplies.

     

    I do not think that the Haitians were “cursed” pur se, but I do know that Haiti has a strong history and practice of voodooism which the news reporters neglected to inform viewers. I also find it very interesting (and also unreported by the news) that Haiti and the Dominican Republic, do in fact share one island (Hispaniola) (see Wiki) just as Robertson also stated.

     

    But the DR was the first nation to offer aid, as they apparently were not affected much. I find that odd, but then I do not know the geography of the areas either. The DR is reported to have the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America, while Haiti is considered one of the poorest countries. A curse? I don’t know, but it is weird.

     

    When terrible things happen, the question that looms in everyone’s minds is, “How could a good God let this happen?” Perhaps what Robertson was trying to say (regardless, it is what I am saying) is that we assume all people are innocent and undeserving of tragedy.

     

    I grant that babies and little children are innocent (and I believe if they die, they go to be with God), but no one else is. Whether it was an act of God’s judgment or not, everyone realizes they are not immune to disaster-that’s why we see such a compassionate response.

     

    But people do not want to believe, or even consider that Haitians (or themselves) are guilty of any wrongdoing. The picture is painted of good, ordinary people going about their hard, poverty-stricken lives when God strikes another blow. Or allows the devil to do it.

     

    Either way, God allows all the violence, lost lives, etc. to happen. And He’s supposed to be trustworthy? This is proof of a “good” God? A loving God? A God who is right there and cares about all our needs?

     

    Please do not think I am making light of this horrendous event. I was as shocked as anyone when I read the articles and saw the photos and videos of the tragedy of lost lives. Does God care? Yes!

     

    Is God good, and trustworthy, and all the other things we hear? Yes! But this is just one side of God. God is all of these things because He is also a Just God. He is merciful too, but actions have natural consequences as well.  

     

    The fact of the matter is no one is innocent. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. Romans 3:9-26 says,

    “What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written:


    “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”


    “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”

     

    “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

     

    To sum up: Most everybody wants to believe that they are a “good” person. Good people try hard, make mistakes, pick themselves back up again, love their families, go to work when they don’t want to, etc.

     

    We have a knack for painting ourselves innocent and making excuses for actions. What we do not focus on are our “mistakes” (which we learn from and move away from). The “little white lies” (lying), the road rage in traffic the other day, speeding down the highway, snapping at our spouse, cheating on a test, reading dirty books, swearing, excessive drinking, (I’ve been there, done them as well) etc. and that list doesn’t include all of the vile thoughts that go through our heads (they go through mine too). We’re not starting to look too pretty now are we?

     

    But that’s where a relationship with Jesus comes into play. I deserve death just as much as an “unsaved” person. The only reason I won’t receive it is because and only because I asked forgiveness from God and accepted Jesus’ free offer to follow Him the rest of my life, loving and serving Him.

     

    It is both an easy and difficult decision to make. God makes it easy, but our human nature does not. We like our obstinacy and call it perseverance. We enjoy our false pride and name it confidence. We prefer worshipping anything other than the true God and deem it freedom of/from/or religion.

     

    Whether the Haitian Earthquake was a judgment or not, God loves those people and we are right to want to help them. We are right in understanding that nobody is immune to disaster, sickness, or tragedy-God fearing or otherwise. And we would be right in learning that God’s goodness and grace mean nothing, if it is not also accompanied by His justice and righteousness.

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